Glenn Hoddle praises Loftus-Cheek's debut for Chelsea

The youngster was handed his full debut by Jose Mourinho, and impressed in his 60-minute showing.

Glenn Hoddle has praised the performance of Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Sky Sports after his debut in the draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

The youngster was handed his first senior start by manager Jose Mourinho in the game, with the Portuguese manager able to change his team around in the remaining games with the title now secured.

That could mean several of Chelsea’s successful youngsters, who have been impressive in the youth leagues and their European equivalents in recent times, get a chance to impress for next season, and Loftus-Cheek is the first to benefit.

Now, Hoddle has praised the youngster for his performance and the way he went about it.

“I thought the kid did well; he kept it nice and simple,” he said.

“When you make your debut you want to come out with a bit of credit. Playing in that deep role you’ve got to be sharp and you’ve got to be able to use the ball constructively.”

The young midfielder was played alongside John Obi Mikel in the game against Liverpool, tasked with being the defensive anchor in the side, a job that is usually reserved for powerhouse Nemanja Matic.

In particular he was employed to shut down the threat of the Reds' Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho, a role he excelled in. Elsewhere, his passing was exemplary as he managed to complete all of his 27 passes.

Hoddle, though, was particularly impressed with the defensive display Loftus-Cheek put on at Stamford Bridge.

“His defensive play was cute and very experienced for a youngster,” he added.

“He read things exceedingly well for a youngster, he got low, he knew when to track people and he’s got good use of the ball. He can only improve and get better playing with the quality of players he’s got around him.”

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